No impact of blockade as HIA functions normally

 11 Jul 2017 - 1:25

No impact of blockade as HIA functions normally
Passengers waiting for check-in at the departure lounge of Hamad International Airport.

By Amna Pervaiz Rao / The Peninsula

Despite the ongoing blockade imposed on Qatar by three Gulf countries, the business at Hamad International Airport (HIA) is going as usual and HIA served 580,000 passengers and handled 3,300 aircraft movements in during the holiday period (19-25 June 2017).

Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, told The Peninsula:

“Our growing number of passenger and cargo operations are a testament to our resilience and sustainable airport operations. Our promise of operational excellence is at the core of our business. HIA is a robust organisation backed by a committed and hardworking team. Together, we have promptly and successfully prioritised our passengers by offering them our five star services and a hassle-free travel experience.”

Rasha, an Egyptian lady travelling from a private airline said: “I have been living in Doha for long now, my husband is an engineer working for a construction company. I am travelling to Egypt to spend my daughter’s summer vacations for one month. I faced no issues. It was just a usual procedure and we will get a chance to see Istanbul Airport for which my kids are excited.”

Several tourists to Qatar were heading back to their homeland after enjoying their stay in Qatar. A number of visitors had come to spend Eid and the others came to visit Qatar during their annual leaves.

A tourist from London travelling back expressed his feelings in these words: “This was a memorable trip, I really enjoyed different visiting spots like Katara, The Pearl, Museum of Islamic Arts, Souq Waqif and many more. I faced no issues getting my transit visa as well. Despite the hot weather, me and my wife enjoyed these days here. Qatar gave me a very warm welcome and pleasant good-bye. I will definitely pay a visit to Qatar next year as well.”

In a recent report of HIA it was mentioned that the Airport served 19 million passengers from January to June 2017. An increase of more than 8 percent when compared to the same period of the previous year. This includes departing, arriving and transfer passengers travelling through the airport. In addition to this, HIA managed to handle 980,000 tons of cargo from January to June 2017, which is 19 percent more than the same period in the previous year.